An excellent interview has been posted over at vgmonline.net featuring Stephen Rippy – “Music through the ages.” The interview covers all aspects of Stephen’s career from his time at Ensemble Studios working on Age and Halo Wars to post Ensemble work with Zynga working on Castleville. We also learn about Stephen’s new recently released album “Mainland Static”. Read more
Stephen Rippy has put together a selection of “stem files” which are the break up of all the parts which make a Halo Wars music file. So for example the “Best guess at best” music is made up of “pads”, “leads”, “drums” , “base” and “effects” for example. You can then put these stems into your favourite audio editing program and get mixing!
Once your done i’m sure Stephen would like to hear! Drop him a line at his website with your creations! If you want to publish your files on the web then let me know and i’ll host them for you here. You can contact me on email@example.com
Heres the link to get started:
Source: The Bonfire Studios blogs!
Anthony Long, a fan of the Halo Wars Soundtrack originally composed by Stephen Rippy has uploaded a YouTube video of his own version of the Spirit of Fire music piece. I think you will agree that this is an excellent version and I am sure Stephen Rippy would be proud of a fans hard work on this. You can see the video below and a link to the original YouTube page. You can also find a direct download of the MP3. I encourage you to leave comments on the YouTube webpage and rate the video if you like it.
“That’s a really cool interpretation of ”Spirit of Fire” - I like it quite a bit and am really pleased that the theme meant enough to inspire some creativity.” – Stephen Rippy
UPDATED: You can download music samples and purchase the CD by going to the official Stephen Rippy website. – Enjoy!
Stephen Rippy has released preview tracks on his official MySpace page of both new and old music from Age of Empires. Stephen is looking for feedback so feel free to comment on his MySpace what you think!
Stephen has also updated his official website and notes that he is now part of Bonfire Studios. The official MySpace blurb from Stephen follows:
“I’ve got a new “songs” CD out today: “Somewhere Close to Near.” You can hear a couple of tracks from it here on my MySpace page.www.stephenrippy.com – it’s been completely re-designed and features information on all of my game soundtracks as well as my more pop/rock-related records.
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Hope you like what you hear!
In an informative interview you can find out information on how Halo Wars was recorded and more thoughts from Stephen about the soundtrack:
The Dallas Observer has done an excellent article on Stephen Rippy discussing his past and how he came to work for Ensemble Studios where he wrote music for all the “Age of” and Halo Wars games. The article continues right up until present day where Stephen is currently working with Bonfire Studios lead by his brother David Rippy.
You can read the article here: http://www.dallasobserver.com/2009-02-26/music/stephen-rippy-set-s-halo-wars-high-schore/2
Great news for Stephen Rippy as his Halo Wars soundtrack is completely sold out in the UK! If you are in the US you might want to try and secure and order quickly.
Looks like this will be a very successful album! Well done Stephen!
From Amazon UK:
Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience, but “Halo Wars” appears to have been a surprise sellout.
When you placed your order #xxxxxx, we believed we had access to more copies – we then discovered that every one of our distributors had rapidly sold out.
and for digital download here: https://www.sumthingdigital.com/index.aspx
Here is a great chance to hear some Halo Wars music composed by Stephen Rippy before the soundtrack is released on February 17th. Sumthing Digital has the preview tracks here:
Well worth taking a listen! It is shaping up to be a great soundtrack just like the Halo Wars game itself. Good job Stephen!
Stephen Rippy was head of Ensemble Studios Sound and Music department and worked on the Halo Wars Soundtrack. If you have had a chance to play the Halo Wars demo you would have no doubt heard the excellent work Stephen has created with the soundtrack. Hats off to him. If you have enjoyed listening to the Halo Wars music you will be pleased to hear that you can own the Soundtrack from February 17th. Pre-orders are being taken on Amazon now!